Calvin Wertman Receives President’s Award for Professional Excellence

(LEBANON, Ill., May 18, 2023) – Calvin Wertman, the director of residence life and Greek affairs at McKendree University, has recently been awarded the President’s Award for Professional Excellence. The winner of this award shines as an ideal example of an ambassador of McKendree University who is respected by the entire campus community. They take on many roles outside of their primary duties and responsibilities and epitomize the One McKendree spirit through their leadership and outstanding service to the University.

A native of Holland, Ind., Wertman began working at McKendree in 2018 and quickly began making his mark on the campus. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, an honorary member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is also the advisor of McKendree’s Green Team, a student organization that focuses on campus- and community-wide issues related to the environment and sustainability.

Wertman’s nominees have noted that he is an unsung hero who humbly takes on any role that may be asked of him. He serves in many roles within the university, is a go-to resource for many students and staff, and often goes above and beyond to help students succeed. A strong and passionate advocate for social justice and equity, Wertman epitomizes the “One McKendree” mission and has been described as caring, respectful, committed, dedicated and fair, showing grace and strength in how he handles unprecedented times, crises and emergencies.

“I am honored by the award; it feels great to be rewarded for the hard work that one does. I am grateful to everyone, from my family and friends to my team, supervisors, and colleagues. You have my heartfelt appreciation,” Wertman said.


Calvin Wertman Receiving Award from President Dobbins

Calvin Wertman, left, receives the President’s Award for Professional Excellence from President Daniel C. Dobbins ’81, right, on Wednesday, May 10.